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Get your game notes: Bruins at Canadiens

May 12, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— With a win tonight, Boston will advance to the Conference Finals for the 2nd straight year & the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons. Prior to their recent run, the Bruins hadn’t reached the Conference Finals since 1991-92, the end of a 5-year stretch in which they made the Conference Finals 3 straight seasons & 4 of those 5 years (1987-88 – Lost SC, 1989-90 – Lost SC, 1990-91 – Lost Conf. Finals, 1991-92 – Lost Conf. Finals).

Matt Fraser scored the game-winner in Gm 4 for the Bruins & Carl Soderberg opened the scoring in Gm 5 for Boston with his first-ever postseason goal. Despite the Bruins top line – Milan Lucic, David Krejci & Jarome Iginla – not producing at a high level this series, Boston’s 2nd & 3rd lines have come to play against Montreal:

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— The Bruins 3rd line (Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson) combined for 2goals-4assists in Game 5.
— Krejci, the league’s scoring leader 2 of the last 3 playoffs, has 0goals-1assist in the series.
— Smith leads BOS in goals (3) this series; Marchand/Soderberg lead BOS in points (5) this series.

— Montreal is 1-3 in their last 4 elimination games. In the last postseason series between the Canadiens & Bruins (2010-11 first round), Montreal won the first 2 games of the series (at BOS) then went on to lose 3 straight games before a Canadiens victory forced a Game 7 which Boston won at home, 4-3 in OT.

  • Boston is 20-4 all-time in Game 6s when holding a 3-2 series lead.

Reilly Smith & Jarome Iginla scored power-play goals 32 seconds apart in the opening 1:36 of the second period in Game 5; the Bruins were 0-8 with the man advantage in the first 4 games of the series. Entering Game 5, Montreal had allowed only 2 power-play goals this entire postseason on 15 opportunities. Smith’s goal also snapped the Bruin’s postseason PP drought vs. the Canadiens going back to a Michael Ryder goal in Game 2 of the 2008-09 first round; Boston was 0-38 on the PP vs. Montreal in playoff competition between those 2 goals.

—  Tuukka Rask leads all goalies in GAA (1.70) & SV% (.940) this postseason & is tied in wins with 7 (Fleury – PIT, Lundqvist – NYR, Crawford – CHI). After allowing a total of 6 goals in 5 gms in the 1st Round, Rask allowed 3+ goals in each of Games 1-3 in this series but has since stopped 62 of 64 shots in the last 2 games.

  • Montreal is still the highest scoring team this postseason (3.22 goals/game) but only produced a total of 2 goals in the last 2 games after scoring 3+ goals in each of their first 7 games this postseason.

—  The team to score first has won each game in this series. Boston is 6-0 this postseason when scoring first; Montreal is 5-0. The Bruins were 41-6-2 (.857) during the regular season when scoring first. The Canadiens were 37-5-3 (.856) when scoring first during the regular season.

P.K. Subban posted another goal in Game 5, his 4th of this postseason (all this series). He leads the Canadiens, and all defensemen, in these playoffs in scoring (12 points – 5th in playoffs). He has 4goals-3assists in this series.

  1. davidmessina63 - May 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    How long until Les Miserables fans start chirping in about the water?

  2. edzo82270 - May 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    So the numbers on Boston’s 1st line aren’t that great. What about Montreal’s 1st line of Desharnais/Vanek/Pacioretty? Can we get their series stats? Vanek has 2 PP goals but other than that?

  3. mgp1219 - May 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    montrealbbr (AkA beiber,

    any predictions here?

    • pepper2011 - May 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      I’m Looking for Joey4 and his “the only way to beat price is with garbage goals”.

      As far as I am concerned this series has gone great thus far. If the B’s can wrap it up tonight that would be great. 5-2 win for the B’s and PK can score two more meaningless goals.

      It’ll force Montreal to overpay for PK. He’s a very good player, but look at Pittsburgh. They have 7.25m committed to Letang next year (and (cough) the next 8 years; through 2022. lol). PK is better than Letang so he’ll be in the 8+ considering his 3.8 or so this year is a steal, and things got a bit contentious; I don’t seem him cutting them any home town discounts.

      only because it’s fun:
      Could he land in Toronto for Phaneuf and Kadri?
      Boston could eventually deal Malcom to Toronto, and the Subban brothers are home; together in Toronto?

      • joey4id - May 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Hey! Pepper! Do you blame him for all the goals? If the d plays a half decent game they pick up lone players in front of the net & loose pucks.

        Tonight the Habs should put Briere and Boullion back in the line up. PK has to play close to 27/28 minutes, Desharnais is too small be playing on top line against the big Bruins. Habs need to transition from d to o with speed through the neutral zone. Habs D men have to box out the B’s forwards in their zone. Price needs to be Price again. Pleakanec, Vaneek, and Patchioretty need to put the biscuit in the net. Force Krug (captain giveaway) and Hamilton to make mistakes.

        B’s…. Great place to be right now No line up changes, but they need to stay out of the penalty box. Clog up the neutral zone, give up less shots, and watch for the stretch pass. Krejci needs to find a way to get out of his funk so L & I should try to set him much as much as possible.

        Time for the boys to put their cojones on the table and put on their big boy pants. Game 7 please……

      • pepper2011 - May 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        I’m glad you are not running the Bruins.
        Krug as you called “Captain giveaway”
        Actual game play would tell you differently. You need to learn to look at the ACTUAL stats:

        Game 5: 0 gva 0 for Subban
        Game 4: 1 gva 3 for Subban
        Game 3: 1 gva 5 for Subban
        Game 2: 0 gva 3 for Subban
        Game 1: 1 gva 1 for Subban

        so Krug has 3 Turnovers this series and PK has 12
        hmm…That would make PK the General of turnovers.

        Price is Price again. You know the guy who has never taken his team out of the 2nd rd (Halak replaced him)

      • joey4id - May 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        what’s the TOI avg comprise?

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        it’s not 4:1 ratio.

      • joey4id - May 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        was Krug on the ice for the first goal tonight? was he pressured and did he make a bad pass?

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        no.it was a good pass and miller booted it.

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Yeah! Right! Julien teaches his d men to pass the puck to their partner’s backhand instead of the forehand. You obviously know it was the right play, however, you don’t know enough about the game to realize the execution was poor.

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        lol. you don’t watch the Bruins enough to know how they play. They send it up the boards; they do it all the time. Backhand, forehand, they reverse direction ALL the time. They use the boards for possession. It wasn’t a pass to move the puck per say. It was a pass to maintain possession. Miller had his skate angled the wrong way. You can keep trying to prove a stat that is untrue, but it won’t work. This was not on Krug. not at all. Miller, then Rask for not poke checking it away. If you are going to go after it; hit it.

        Everyone Announcer/broadcaster was talking about the Miller Turnover, not the Krug pass.

        Stop trying to be a know-it-all; especially when you are wrong.

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        How do you know how often I watch the Bruins? Of course it was a Miller turnover. Doesn’t take a brainiac to figure that out. Krug was pressured and he got rid of the puck. “Miller had his skate angled the wrong way.” Miller choked playing the puck. Turnovers happen when you forecheck kids. The homer announcers are paid to protect the organizations biggest investment.

        “They send it up the boards; they do it all the time. Backhand, forehand, they reverse direction ALL the time. They use the boards for possession. It wasn’t a pass to move the puck per say. It was a pass to maintain possession.” Way to go Einstein. Now tell us something we don’t know.

        Do you think the Bruins are the only team in the NHL to do this? Grow up.

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        no, I don’t, but you indicated it was Krug who turned it over. Do you even realize how much crap you talk.

        Who is the Bruins biggest investment? Krug? the undrafted kid out of college making less than a million?

        The homer announcers being? Game was on NBC tool, not NESN. This wasn’t Jack Edwards spouting some BS.

        Guess what; it’s the NHL. There is pressure on every play; especially in the playoffs.

        You just say crap all day long that has no factual basis whatsoever.

        You clearly didn’t know. Everyone else who say the play knew, just not you. You don’t watch the Bruins enough; and I know this because you don’t know what you are talking about. Ever – when it comes to them.

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Stop whining.

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Lol. Nice. Not whining at all. Just proving you talk crap with no basis. Also teaching you a bit about hockey. I could care less. I’ve dated women like you. They argue; you prove them wrong with logic and facts and they change the argument. Your significant other must be a very patient and understanding… Hope you married her(or him- not meant as an insult, just don’t know or care)

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Idiot. You don’t argue with women using logic or facts. There are more effective ways. Grow some cojones.

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        again…you’ve mastered it.

    • montrealbbr - May 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Do you really think Boston has a chance tonight? They are known to be terrible when up in any series and being on the road where they barely won last time is not a good thing for them. Tonight is a lock. If you like to bet I would put all you have on Montreal to win and win big! The only way they lose tonight is if the refs start calling everything to put Boston on the PP like last game. It was a joke and I dont expect that to happen again.

      HABS IN 7!!!

      • jimthebear - May 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Yeah, that game 7 in Vancouver was horrible for them.. What time is Pacioretty’s tee time tomorrow? PK playing in the foursome? Does Price play golf?

      • edzo82270 - May 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        “If you like to bet I would put all you have on Montreal to win and win big! ”

        So it’s a safe assumption that you’ve got your life savings on this game? Your kids college tuition perhaps? Honestly, do you have a large sum of money on this game?

      • pepper2011 - May 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        I can’t tell you how much better your opinion makes me feel about this game. You have been wrong all along; I see no difference now.

        Go B’s!

  4. pastabelly - May 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Other than winning a Cup, is there anything better as a Bruins fan than seeing the Bruins win a playoff series against Montreal? Would love to see it happen tonight.

    • govtminion - May 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Always the best way to go in the playoffs, for any sport. The only thing that comes close to the thrill of your team winning it all is to have that team at least beat the archrivals. Broncos/Raiders, Red Sox/Yankees, Avalanche/Red Wings, whatever- beating ‘those guys’, the big rival, is just blissful to watch.

      Hoping for a good game tonight that keeps us all biting our nails nervously until the end… and, of course, a Bruins victory. ;)

      • jimthebear - May 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Avalanche/Red Wings? Had me to that point.. I still consider them the Nordiques. And they were the runner up to Montreal/Boston in the Adams Division. Kind of an after thought, and now the Red Wings have gone East.

      • govtminion - May 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Well, ditto for Broncos/Raiders, not the same now that the Raiders are as bad as they are the past decade or so. I meant them more as examples of great rivalries in history, not necessarily at this exact moment. I’m an Avs fan, and I don’t really have that undying hatred for the Wings I had fifteen years ago- but back then… oh yeah.

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Tonight is the Cup finals for les Habitants. After 20 years of irrelevance this is the height of sports in their city. Let’s hope nobody gets hurt or trashes the city whatever the outcome…

    • jimthebear - May 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Where do you think they are? Vancouver?

  6. bsfan77 - May 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    If the Bruins win tonight, expect riots from the idiots up there!

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